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Awarded for blending art and music

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association announced the winners of the 31st annual Picture the Music competition, in which kindergarten through sixth grade students across the bi-state area listen to a piece of orchestral music and interpret the piece through visual art. This year, students discovered Juba Dance by Florence Price, the first Black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra. Awards for the top 100 finalists were presented in a virtual ceremony on March 27. Seven students received the St. Louis Symphony Award, 25 received the Blue Ribbon Award, and 66 received Special Recognition. 

The winners from Emge Elementary in grades K-5 respectively were Evelyn Poen, Blue Ribbon Award; Trent Dunlap, Symphony Award; Isabella Stevens, Special Recognition; Adriana Merry, Symphony Award; Collin Hughes, Special Recognition; and Logan Bass, Special Recognition.

From Ostmann Elementary, winners were fifth-grader Olivia Judson, Special Recognition; third-grader Hayden McClure, Blue Ribbon; second-grader Jonah Smith, Special Recognition; and fourth-grader Abby Willman, Special Recognition.

Winners from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles included fifth-grader Matthew Goley, Special Recognition; fifth-grader Zach McKinstry, Special Recognition; sixth-grader Ledger Brooks, Blue Ribbon; and sixth-grader Zoie Hite, Blue Ribbon.

From Zion Lutheran School in St. Charles, the winners were fourth-grader William Jennings, Special Recognition; and fourth-grader Emily Riemenschneider, Special Recognition.

A complete list of the top 100 winners is available at slso.org/picture.

Judges reviewed nearly 300 entries from dozens of schools to select the top 100 finalists. Artwork of the top 100 finalists will be displayed online at slso.org/picture.

Presented by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, Picture the Music is a free, cross-curricular art competition for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from public, private, parochial, and homeschools across Missouri and Illinois. 

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